SlutWalk was co-founded in 2011 by Heather Jarvis following comments by a Toronto police officer, the St. John’s Status of Women/Women’s Centre said in a news release.
Speaking to a security class at York University, the police officer said, “Women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimised.”
This comment sparked a international movement that seeks to end victim blaming, slutshaming and rape culture, the council said.
“Personal safety has nothing to do with how a person is dressed,” said Jenny Wright executive director of the St. John’s Status of Women Council/Women’s Centre, one of the organizers of the march. “Rape is about power seeking and is solely the responsibility of the rapist. Victim blaming shouldn’t have a place in our society.”
All genders are invited to join the march. When it ends at city hall, Heather Jarvis, Jenny Wright, Lynn Moore and Laura Winters will speak.
“I am honoured to be a part of the inaugural St John’s SlutWalk as this city rallies together, with other cities across the world to end victim-blaming,” Jarvis said in the release